Thing Dallas Mavericks can learn from Josh Richardson trade: 3. Elite shooters are massive
The Mavs had a historic and league-leading offensive rating in 2020 with Seth Curry on the team. He shot 45.2 percent from 3-point range and opened the lane for Luka Doncic to attack. The Mavericks were impossible to stop but sat 18th in defensive rating.
Swapping out an elite outside shooter for a below-average one sunk Dallas from first in offensive rating to eighth. They dipped from scoring 115.9 points per 100 possessions to 114.6. Luka Doncic was still running the show, but the step back from Curry to Josh Richardson played a key role in the decline.
The Dallas Mavericks undervalued Seth Curry’s contributions. He was able to bring the ball up the floor and run simple sets. The 30-year-old is one of the best shooters in the league. The Mavs miscalculated how important that was to their offense. They acquired J.J. Redick at the trade deadline to fill Curry’s shoes, but he suffered a season-ending injury before the playoffs.
The Mavs should be looking to add an elite 3-point shooter to flank Luka Doncic this offseason. The threat of a sharpshooter opens the floor and should lift Dallas into the top-five in offensive rating in 2022.
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